If you’re a vegan, you have probably heard this question a million times by now. Where do we get our protein? Well, from plants, where we get all other nutrients as well! There are PLENTY of plant-based protein sources to keep us more than covered as far as our recommended protein intake goes. Here are some of the most important ones:
- Flaxseeds: Not only are they high in protein, they also contain Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Sprinkle them whole on your salad or grind them into a powder to camouflage their presence, enjoy the varied benefits of this wonder seeds whichever way you like!
- Chia seeds: Just like their flax brothers, chia seeds are also high in protein and Omega-3. Besides, they can absorb water, becoming chia gels, making them all the more delightful. They lend themselves to a variety of forms and can be consumed dry on salads or soaked in juices, smoothies, or on their own in the form of a pudding!
- Pumpkin seeds: These are not only great sources of protein, but magnesium too, which plays an important role in the nervous system. Top your salads with these beauties or munch a few as a snack, either way, they’ll do you plenty of good!
- Sunflower seeds: And in the glorious line-up of seeds, sunflower seeds shine as rich sources of protein that are also anti-inflammatory! Just like the other seeds, they can be sprinkled on salads or can be ground into a flour.
- Sprouts: This is a huge rainbow of choices, from mung beans, to chickpeas, to black eyed peas and alfalfa. These, when sprouted, pack a power punch of protein and can be consumed as part of a salad or as a side accompaniment to any meal, really. They taste great and do great things for your body!
- Nuts: Nuts are great powerhouses of nutrition, carrying protein, minerals, Vitamin E and healthy fats. They are a great option for a healthy snack, but they can also be made into a variety of interesting dishes! Blend them into nut butters to dip your salad sticks in, or grind them to sprinkle over a salad bowl. Blend them with coconut water to make delicious icing or simply enjoy them whole. Nuts imply endless possibilities!
- Vegetables: Yes, these beautiful greens contain a lot of protein: Broccoli, peas, edamame, kale, asparagus, avocado, spinach and many more. There’s a reason our moms insisted we eat greens – not only do they contain vitamins and minerals, but also essential amino acids that are the building blocks of our body!